interior design

Paris Deco Off 2017 Color and Pattern

Of the colorful and pattern laden fabrics of the Paris Deco Off 2017 collections, many were conceived from travel and nature inspired sources. This was certainly the case at Pierre Frey, where Maoming evokes the ancient textile traditions of the Miao women in remote Chinese mountain villages.…
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Paris Deco Off Preview

While I continue to edit my photos from Paris, I bring you a quick Deco Off preview. Among the showrooms I was able to visit during the show, an abundance of themes shone through. While bright colors and pattern are still driving forces, there was also a focus on neutrals, but with an emphasis on natural materials with noticeably more texture.…
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A Visit to Ancien et Moderne

Last week in Paris, my colleague Beth Dempsey and I unveiled this year’s version of Ancien et Moderne, the second edition of our Pop Up Salon during Paris Deco Off. What a wonderful week of creative collaboration it turned out to be! …
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At Home with Susanna Salk and Nathan Turner & Eric Hughes

While both California natives, it took designers Nathan Turner and Eric Hughes years before they would have a Malibu beach home together. Always a west coast boy at heart, Nathan built a successful career in southern California as a designer, shop owner and entertaining expert.…
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Puntacana Resort & Club

As we endure these tundra-like temperatures here in the northeast, it’s the perfect time to dream about a tropical destination. High on my list is the Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic. Last March was my first visit to the DR and while I didn’t have the pleasure of staying at Puntacana, I was lucky enough to be escorted there for a day of lunch and learning more about the resort.…
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Ancien et Moderne 2017 – the Paris Pop Up Returns

Now that the new year is here, the biggest design destination on everyone’s calendar is Paris for Maison et Objet and Deco Off later this month. I am thrilled to announce that Beth Dempsey and I will be presenting  Ancien et Moderne 2017, our unique Paris Pop Up that debuted last year.…
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Tradition Meets Technology

As we ease into a new year, it is about both looking back and moving forward. And these days, in our attempts to meld past and future, we often come to the intersection where tradition meets technology. In thinking of how this translates into design, I was reminded of a segment in a recent video that was not included in the final cut (the challenge of editing).…
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From My Christmas Table to Yours

The time has come to wish all of you who celebrate a very Merry Christmas. Longtime readers know that one of my favorite aspects of the holidays is setting my Christmas table. This year I wanted to stray from the traditional color scheme with something seasonal and festive but a little different.…
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David Monn The Art of Celebrating

Tis the season and as we all plan our holiday celebrations, there is no better place to look for inspiration than the incredible repertoire of David Monn, as captured in his recent book, The Art of Celebrating. While many of Monn’s events may be larger than life, from parties at the White House, galas at the Met’s Costume Institute and affairs at the New York Public Library, there is much to glean from his thoughtful and individualized approach to each and every celebration.…
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Nina Campbell Does New Preston Redux

I really felt I was ahead of schedule this year, but yet again, Christmas has snuck up leaving not nearly enough time to accomplish everything, including all the posts I wanted to share. One of my favorite shopping destinations here in Connecticut is the charming town of New Preston, where shops like Pergola, Privet House, Plain Goods, J.…
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